Tuesday’s high, 28; Overnight low,  -4; 1/8 inch of snow







State Police across the region have been making DUI and drug possession arrests is Shinglehouse couple was arrested twice for drug possession. Janet Healy,58,  and  year old Robert Diaz 64 were arrested after State Police responded to their home at 602 Dodge Road in Sharon township for an unrelated incident on February 5. During the investigation, police said there  were indicators of criminal drug activity. The suspects were found allegedly to be in possession of controlled substances and related paraphernalia. Charges for that case were  filed in District Court. Then, a couple days later, on February 9, the pair was arrested again on drug possession charges.  When police arrived with a warrant and they allegedly  found a drug activity at the residence. Aa search warrant was approved which led to the new charges being filed against Healy and t Diaz.

State Police said Mansfield are investigating an identity theft taking place January 19 through 21st victimizing a 41 year old Wellsboro man, but no further information was released

A 53 year old Johnsonburg woman was arrested by State Police at Lewis Run for drug possession last Friday afternoon. Troopers say the arrest came after they stopped Dedra  Gresart  for a traffic violation and she was allegedly found in possession of unstamped cigarettes a controlled substance and related paraphernalia.

Armando Aponte, 39 of Bradford,  was arrested following a traffic stop on Rochester street in city of Bradford Friday morning for an alleged vehicle code violation and he was found reportedly to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

With a growing number of states taking action to nullify unconstitutional executive orders from the Biden administration, Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) has once again introduced his Right to Bear Arms Protection Act (House Bill 357) that seeks to make any additional federal gun control laws unenforceable within the Commonwealth.

“There is no question that ongoing, unprecedented sales of firearms and ammunition, as well as record numbers of concealed carry permits being issued, are a direct and legitimate response by law-abiding citizens to protect themselves against the deadly violence and chaos that continues to plague Democrat-controlled cities across America,” said Metcalfe. “These marketplace transactions also serve as an effective counter measure to offset the extreme firearm confiscation agenda now rabidly being pursued by Joe Biden and the fanatical leftist- controlled U.S. Congress. The overriding intent of my legislation is to force any gun-grabbing federal official to count the costs of unconstitutionally denying Pennsylvania citizens their God-given right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their loved ones and their property.”

Similar to legislation previously introduced in Wyoming and Texas, Metcalfe’s Right to Bear Arms Protection Act would:

• Prohibit enforcement of any new federal registration, restriction or prohibition requirement for privately owned firearms, magazines and ammunition.
• Require the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the Office of Attorney General, to intercede on behalf of Commonwealth citizens against any federal attempt to register, restrict or ban the purchase or ownership of firearms and firearms accessories which are currently legal products.

Final enactment of House Bill 357 would mean that anyone — even federal agents — who try to enforce any type of new gun control restriction within state borders would face arrest and be charged with a felony offense.

“Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution makes it crystal clear that no level of government, especially the federal government, has any authority whatsoever to question or impose senseless, life-endangering restrictions on law-abiding firearms owners, or worst of all, the confiscation of legally owned firearms,” emphasized Metcalfe. “Whether by White House executive orders, congressional fiat or judicial activism, passage of House Bill 357 will send the undeniable message that federal gun-grabbing constitutes a criminal offense in Pennsylvania.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., February 17, there were 3,413 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 902,650. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, McKean  County has 2247 confirmed cases ; Tioga County ,2130;  Elk 1211 Potter 793; Cameron 171 confirmed cases Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 4185 confirmed cases and Allegany County 2768.

There are 2,356 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 491 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 2,300 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of February 5 – February 11 stood at 8.0%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, there were 193 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 23,319 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21. Please note that this does include vaccine administration through CVS as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.

  • This week, a total of 326,850 doses will have been allocated through February 20:
    • 183,575 first doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 143,275 second doses will have been allocated this week.


  • To date, of the 2,766,400 doses allocated through February 20, 1,749,949 doses have been administered total through February 16:
    • First doses, 82 percent (1,313,538 administered of 1,610,175 allocated)
    • Second doses, 38 percent (436,411 administered of 1,156,225 allocated)

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 105,497 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 637 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,791,021 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 65,713 resident cases of COVID-19, and 12,729 cases among employees, for a total of 78,442 at 1,556 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 24,257 of the  total cases are among health care workers.

While vaccine supply from the federal government remains limited, the Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient.

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